Scott Olson/Getty ImagesWho better for Michelle Obama to interview on the debut of her podcast than her husband, Barack Obama.
The Becoming author welcomed the former president, whom she called a “special someone,” for the first episode of The Michelle Obama Podcast on Spotify, which launched Wednesday.
In the nearly 49-minute episode, the couple spoke about their different upbringings in Chicago, their early years together and their time in lockdown amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Like most Americans, we’ve been spending a lot of time together in quarantine,” Mrs. Obama began.
“You don’t seem too happy about that,” Barack joked.
“We’ve had a great time. We’ve had some interesting conversations because these are some crazy times,” Mrs. Obama continued. “We’ve spent a lot of time talking about how our views of community shape who we are, shape our choices and shape our reactions.”
As for what initially drew Michelle to Barack back in the day, she admitted, “You know that at the core of everything you have done politically, what I know about you as a person and one of the reasons why I fell in love with you is –“
Barack interrupted his wife and joked that “it wasn’t just my looks” that attracted her to him.
“You’re cute, you know,” she teased back. “But no, one of the reasons I fell in love with you is because you are guided by the principle that we are each other’s brother’s and sister’s keepers. And that’s how I was raised!”
Barack also spoke about the current pivotal time in our country– specifically referencing the protests in the wake of George Floyd‘s murder. He said he is glad to see young people demanding change, and hopes they don’t get jaded and forget that their voice matters.
By Candice Williams
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